TERM 1 - WEEK 9 NUMBER 3 24 Mar 2020




MONDAY 23 MARCH 8:50pm





With today’s announcement by the Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community. Our preference is for students to stay at home from tomorrow. However if you are not able to organise supervision for your child and for children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school tomorrow morning at the normal school time. Only children of essential workers are allowed to come to school on Wednesday 25th March. School buses will run as normal for these students. After Wednesday, no school buses will be operating as schools are officially closed. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alertsystem/ however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. 



We have prepared work packs for students to work through from home over the next two weeks. Each work pack has Inquiry and Maths work, and work from either their Technology/Art or Science class. They will also have at least one book to take home, which they can keep. These books were donated by staff at Victoria University and families from Karori. Thank you to Stuart Crafts and his wife Sue Hall, who organised for these to be donated to our students. 


We will hand these packs out tomorrow (Tuesday 24th March) to any students who are at school. If your child is not at school, and you are able to come to school to collect your child’s pack please do so by 10am. After this time, our support staff will be delivering the packs to student’s addresses and leaving these in mailboxes. 



If you go to our school website www.avalonintermediate.school.nz under ‘Our Learning’ then ‘Online Learning’ we have put a list of websites that your child can use from a computer or device. 


All students have gmail email addresses which they can log into from any device. They use this to access GoogleDocs and could start pieces of writing and share this with their peers and their teacher. 


All students have Mathletics accounts, which have been paid for by our Board of Trustees. They should know their username and password, but they can email their classroom teacher if they are unsure. Most students should all have a Studyladder account now too, which their teacher can use to assign learning tasks from.


If your child has any questions they can email their teacher, I have asked teachers to check their emails twice each day during the week. 


Teacher emails: 

Rm 1: victoriah@ais.school.nz

Rm 2: lizm@ais.school.nz

Rm 3: kimberleys@ais.school.nz

Rm 4: luket@ais.school.nz

Rm 5: stuartc@ais.school.nz

Rm 6: sarahh@ais.school.nz

Rm 7: lizg@ais.school.nz

Rm 8: juliap@ais.school.nz

Rm 9: stefanp@ais.school.nz 

Wood Technology: andrewc@ais.school.nz

Multicraft Technology: stephanier@ais.school.nz

Fabric Technology: rosemaryw@ais.school.nz

Food Technology: joanm@ais.school.nz

Art: kirstenh@ais.school.nz

Science: rosec@ais.school.nz 



Please email Ariana Te Whetu and Alissa Murdoch for…

  • Any urgent issues

  • If you have questions about school dates or organisation 

Email is our preferred method of contact as we may not be able to regularly clear messages left on the school phone. Again, we will be checking emails twice each day so you can expect a response in reasonable time.

Principal (Ariana Te Whetu): principal@ais.school.nz

Deputy Principal (Alissa Murdoch): alissam@ais.school.nz 


Other contacts if needed: 

BOT Chairperson (Kevin Thickett): kevint@ais.school.nz

Office Executive (Leanne Thompson): admin@ais.school.nz


We will continue to update you using the following sources: 

  • Our weekly newsletter will be emailed on Tuesdays and on the homepage of our website www.avalonintermediate.school.nz 

  • Avalon Intermediate School Facebook Page




If you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people. 



Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whanau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. The following website has advice from a psychologist on how to help your child deal with the many emotions they may be experiencing now. 



As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. 


Look after yourselves, your whanau and each other. 


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui


Ariana Te Whetu